Book Review: Time Slice by: Kerry Downing


Camel Press

Publish Date:
June 10, 2011

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback

Ordinary People. Extraordinary Adventures. Science Fiction with Heart.

Newly retired workaholic Roy Washburn is not ready for a life of leisure. On a trip to the mall with his wife, he finds a small metal cylinder with odd markings. One nudge of the cylinder's triangle-shaped pointer and Roy finds himself embarking on an exciting new adventure in the Time Stream.

There he meets The Traveler, a tall, gangly being who shows Roy how to use the cylinder to visit other civilizations that co-exist on "his" Earth, each occupying a different, thin Time Slice. The Traveler solicits Roy's help in recovering an object invented by his murdered father and beyond his own reach. Roy is his last hope.

At first it seems that the Traveler's wish might be easily granted. But after Roy's wife Emily becomes ill and his daughter's long-held resentments rise to the surface, he can no longer "travel" at a moment's notice. He also discovers the very real physical and mental risks involved in roaming the Time Stream.

Despite the dangers, Roy is determined to help the Traveler. But he can't do it alone. Fortunately he has a loving wife and a core group of loyal friends. But first he must convince them--and his daughter--that he isn't crazy ...

Author Bio: Kerry Downing set out to become a meteorologist, but was hooked by the world of computers instead, becoming a systems analyst and programmer. Astronomy and science fiction are his passions. He’s been gazing at the stars at all hours of the night since the age of 10, when he received his first telescope. As for science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke and his brand of “it really seems as if it could happen” has always been his favorite. In the 90s, Kerry found the third love of his life: his wife, Lucy. They live in St. Louis, Missouri, with their five children. Time Slice is Kerry’s second science-fiction novel. His self-published, debut work is The Collective.

Review: As an adult, Roy worked every day of his life until retirement. He believed in the traditional family model, with the husband working while the wife stays home and takes care of the children. Now he's retired and it leaves him with very little to do - his daughter resents him, his wife doesn't know how to entertain him, and he's bored doing nothing all day. Which is why when he finds a mysterious metallic cylinder at the mall while waiting for his wife to finish shopping, he's more than curious. He meets The Traveler and gets involved in a quest to find the last project The Traveler's father ever worked on before his death. But there will quite a few complications along the way...

Time Slice is a thought-provoking novel of science fiction and time travel. From the beginning I felt a connection to Roy as the author has made him a very approachable character. The science was fascinating and easy to understand, an interesting look at the time stream and the slices which inhabit it. The story and characters draw the reader in quickly until the stunning conclusion. An excellent book which I very highly recommend!


  1. Hi! :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to read TIME SLICE and for the wonderful review. I'm really glad you liked the story. It means a lot to me.

  2. Star, there's nothing better than a great lead character and a gripping conclusion - so thanks for the high praise of Kerry's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it :)


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